CommUNITY Autism Awareness Event 5K, Fun Walk and Sensory Festival with McAllen ISD

CommUNITY Autism Awareness Event and Sensory Festival … April 22nd at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium

6:30 AM to 7:15 AM – Onsite Registration for 5K
7:15 AM to 7:25 AM – Zumba warm-up with Mary Cruz
7:30 AM – 5K start
8:00 AM Health Fair / Sensory Festival / All Activities
8:30 AM – 5K Award Ceremony
9:00 AM – Invocation / Presentation of Colors / Singing of the National Anthem / Welcome by Special Guest Speaker Kim Stagliano
9:20 AM – Drum Cadence / Walk Begins
1:00 PM Conclusion of Event

ADMISSION, ACTIVITIES, FOOD and the FUN WALK are ALL FREE; Registration fee for the 5k Run is $20 (Proceeds will benefit Capable Kids Foundation)




Enchanted Evening Prom: Teen Experience

Enchanted Evening Prom: A Teen Participant’s Experience


We asked 16 year old Daniela Olivarez to tell us about her experience at the Enchanted Evening Prom. Here is what she had to say:

“Hi everyone, I’m Daniela Olivarez and I am doing this interview about my experience at the Enchanted Evening Prom on Friday. I just want to say that it was a very special event for ALL the participants and the volunteers, and thank you all so much for working so hard and with so much dedication to make this beautiful event.

For most children with adaptive lifestyles, prom is a dream come true – but not many get to experience it. I believe that this prom created something very, very special. The music was fun, the dancing was fun, everything was a blast! I kinda felt like that there was some unity and it was not about disability or ability, it was about equality. That’s the label I want for the Capable Kids Foundation. I had a BLAST at that prom, and hopefully there will be more events like that some day!

Thank you all, love you all from here to the moon.”

Daniela is an advocate for adaptive lifestyles and is a spokesperson for Capable Kids Foundation. She certainly has a bright future!

Enchanted Evening Prom: Parent Experience

Enchanted Evening Prom: A Parent’s Experience
By Melissa Pena


There are so many things to look forward to when you have a teenager. They are the fun things that make up for the hormones and the attitudes. Football games, concerts, dances, prom. The dresses and suits, the corsages and limos. You want to continue the tradition of awkward poses in the living room and gushing parents. But sometimes those things don’t happen because your child just can’t participate. They may need help, they may not handle crowds well, loud music might hurt their ears. In the end, you, as a parent, just know that it’s one more thing that you and your kid are going to miss out on. Unless you are blessed with amazing people who throw the most incredible party that is completely adapted for almost any need out there.

This Friday we dressed Maya up in this deep purple tulle creation. Her hair was curled and arranged. I brushed on a little eye shadow and blush, lip gloss was applied. She had a crown of flowers in her hair. She looked absolutely beautiful. I cried then and, honestly, I’m crying a little now.

Jon and I packed up her chair and drove her to The Social Club. There she was met with people who knew how to transfer her (although it was difficult with 15 layers of frothy dress). Hugs and kisses were given as we were ushered into this… this… breathtaking entryway.

They gave her a beautiful corsage and told us to follow the carpet. There we were mobbed by smiling faces and cheers! The love in that hallway was palpable. I was overwhelmed by how genuinely excited everyone was. I had to choke back tears (yes, I cry a lot, don’t judge me).

There were announcers introducing each fabulous attendee while the DJ played some really fun music! The decorations were incredible!! Everything was just beautiful! Definitely put my prom and its cardboard cut out backdrops and balloon arches to shame. There was also a photo booth that couldn’t have been busier! Props were flying and kids were posing like professionals!

The dance floor filled up and the party started to fire up! Some kids sang their hearts out while others danced to every song that was played. Were they talented dancers and singers? Who cares?! They were cheered on, encouraged, celebrated. Exactly the way they should be! Thank you Capable Kids for recognizing that our kids deserve to participate in all these milestones, in their own individual, fantastic way!

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We are the Capable Kids Foundation!

Welcome to the Capable Kids Foundation blog! We will be sharing updates on all of our activities here.

Things are quite busy for us right now! We are working on putting all of our big ideas and dreams into action one step at a time…from designing a logo, getting our organization structured and set-up with the IRS, building our website and social media pages, planning our community meetings and our first fundraiser, and brainstorming for our first big event this year! It’s been a lot of work…but we are so excited for what is in store for our foundation and for our community.

Stay tuned for details and updates! Thanks for visiting 🙂